Category Archives: Social change

Revolution U

But what worked so smoothly online proved much more difficult on the street. Police occupied the factory in Mahalla and headed off the strike. The demonstrations there turned violent: Protesters set fire to buildings, and police started shooting, killing at … Continue reading

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The Time of the Rebels: Youth Resistance Movements and 21st Century Revolutions

Collin combines history, political analysis and personal interviews to paint an intriguing picture of former Soviet bloc societies in transition—and the role of youth movements and peaceful resistance in dismantling undemocratic regimes. The narrative begins in Serbia, where the student … Continue reading

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198 Methods of Nonviolent Action

Practitioners of nonviolent struggle have an entire arsenal of “nonviolent weapons” at their disposal. Listed below are 198 of them, classified into three broad categories: nonviolent protest and persuasion, noncooperation (social, economic, and political), and nonviolent intervention. A description and … Continue reading

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A Force More Powerful

A Force More Powerful explores how popular movements battled entrenched regimes and military forces with unconventional weapons like boycotts, strikes, and demonstrations. Acts of civil resistance helped subvert the operations of government, and direct intervention in the form of sit-ins, … Continue reading

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Occupy as a model for a new society

One of the compelling attractions of Occupy is that it is modeling a possible socio-economic-political paradigm for how society can run. It is a model the whole world is beginning to watch. For those who come and participate in it, … Continue reading

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Resistance to being governed: Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Political Disobedience’

Our language has not yet caught up with the political phenomenon that is emerging in Zuccotti Park and spreading across the nation, though it is clear that a political paradigm shift is taking place before our very eyes. It’s time … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street, Swarm Behavior & Self-Organized Criticality

If you’ve been watching the Occupy Wall Street protests these last few weeks, you may be surprised by how quickly it spread from a small group of disgruntled youth in New York to a planetary mobilization that is now active … Continue reading

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Quick guide on group dynamics in people’s assemblies

This text has been prepared by the Commission for Group Dynamics in Assemblies of the Puerta del Sol Protest Camp (Madrid). It is based on different texts and summaries which reached consensus in the internal Assemblies of this Commission (and … Continue reading

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Youth movement in a culture of hopelessness

A protest encampment near the heart of the United States’ financial capital in New York City started out with a few dozen students and unemployed university graduates. Within weeks it inspired thousands of New Yorkers to join, and spawned scores … Continue reading

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How To Build a People’s Movement

Now’s the time to challenge economic orthodoxy—but only a massive social movement can turn things around. The United States is entering the fourth year of its deepest downturn since the Great Depression. A stillborn economic “recovery” has distributed 88 percent … Continue reading

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